A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Performance & Workshop

Performed by Child’s Play NY Teaching Artists!

What happens when you cross some mischievous fairies, four star-crossed lovers and some guys trying to put on a play?

Join us for a one-of-a-kind Shakespeare show and workshop. Jocelyn Greene directs our troupe of teaching artist-actors, who perform a dazzling 45 minute version of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. After the play, kids and their adults can take part in workshops on stage combat, text analysis and clowning, use props from the show and try out Shakespeare themselves.

Appropriate for ages 6-16 – designed to be a great intro to Shakespeare as well as a deeper study for those already familiar with the Bard.

December 2nd, 2017 at St Francis College: 182 Remsen Street

Founder’s Theater – 1st Floor

1:00p-3:00p

FREE – but seating is limited!

Our Cast

Introducing Our New Shakespeare Workshop

We’re excited to announce our new Shakespeare workshops! Created for our community of NY-based schools, these customized workshops tie research-backed social and emotional learning competencies with meaningful Shakespeare theater events.

Shakespeare is fantastic tool for teaching social and emotional learning. Through its complex text and conflicted characters, Shakespeare provides a rich experience for students to explore and hone their most foundational life skills: self-awareness, critical thinking, empathy, relationship-building and more.

How Shakespeare Teachers Social-Emotional Learning

UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING EMOTIONS
From rage and betrayal to love and joy, Shakespeare’s got them all. Through storytelling, role playing, movement and conversations, we help students deep dive into their own emotions and learn how to identify and process them in new ways. This is among the most powerful and cathartic work we do.

BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Theater helps students get outside of themselves and build connections with one another. During our Shakespeare workshops, students learn how to handle conflict, work cooperatively and communicate thoughtfully in a safe environment.

FEELING AND SHOWING EMPATHY
In order to play Shakespeare’s deeply human characters, students must first understand them. Through role playing, group conversations and self-study, students explore the psychology behind these characters. In the process, they build greater compassion, empathy and emotional intelligence for the people around them.


SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS
The process of making theater is filled with milestones for students—from learning their first few lines to pulling off a captivating performance. We help students set individual and collective goals for their workshop experience and then provide a framework for reaching those goals and falling short. In doing so, we help students bolster both their confidence and their resilience.

Research shows that students who engage in social and emotional learning activities have lower rates of anxiety, depression and emotional distress and improved attitudes of themselves, helping abilities and academic performances. We’re thrilled to offer schools this new opportunity to help kids unleash their creativity and imagination while boosting these crucial skills.

Interested in bringing our Shakespeare workshop to your school? Get in touch!

References:
5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning, Edutopia
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

We have loved developing our relationship with Child’s Play NY. From their creative after school classes, to the in-school production, Jocelyn and her team have opened our eyes and our imaginations. There is creativity and thought poured into every movement, action and direction. We are so lucky to have them help us develop our Co-op School theater program!

Meredith Gray

Executive Director, The Co-Op School

Jocelyn designed thoughtful, intentional, intellectually pressing, age-appropriate, rich, detailed lesson plans that I still use to this day.  Her level of professionalism and commitment is unparalleled, and her positive energy is infectious.

Elissa Krebs

Head of English Department, Packer Collegiate Institute

Jocelyn was an exceptional addition to our classroom community. Though our class had a set of diverse needs, Jocelyn was able to seamlessly integrate every child in our into the drama experience, mentoring them along the way. We recommend her wholeheartedly to classrooms citywide.

Tara Maurice

Head Teacher, PS3

Jocelyn and her team create a magical combo of deep artistry, combined with warm/friendly community. The kids achieve great heights, and become dear friends because of their shared creative endeavor. Exceptional, amazing, fabulous. My daughter wants to be a Shakespearean actress, and reads Shakespeare for pleasure.

Joy Nolan

Parent

Child’s Play NY is the answer to any parent looking for a positive children’s classical theatre experience. Jocelyn was beyond accommodating in designing a program that fit our needs.

The instructors were not only inspiring and captivating but also created an environment where the students felt as though they belonged to a professional acting troupe. The performances were masterfully designed around the performers and Shakespeare’s beautiful language. I am truly grateful for the wonderful experience Child’s Play NY has given my daughter and look forward to many more productions.
Dee Donnelly

Parent

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